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The Advantages of Engineered Wood Core Patio Doors

Patio doors are traditionally made from solid wood, but at Renewal by Andersen®, we build ours with engineered wood cores. In this blog, we share the advantages patio doors with engineered wood cores provide over their more traditional counterparts.

The Advantages of Engineered Wood Core Patio Doors

What Is Engineered Wood?

Solid wood doors are just like the name implies: they’re made of solid wood, either carved from a single slab of wood or built from multiple separate pieces that are put together to form the outer frame and grilles. Solid core doors, on the other hand, are built with a core made of engineered wood, with outer panels made of wood, vinyl or composite.

Engineered wood, also known as manufactured wood or composite wood, is made of wood fibers bound together with adhesives. It can be engineered to be as porous or as dense as needed depending on the intended purpose. The kind of engineered wood usually used on patio and entry doors is similar to medium-density fiberboard (MDF).

Benefits of Engineered Wood Core Patio Doors

Engineered wood core patio doors generally cost less than solid wood doors, but this doesn’t mean that they’re in any way inferior. We favor engineered wood cores because they allow us to keep our patio doors at a consistently high level of quality and performance. Like solid wood, engineered wood has inherent insulation and sound-dampening properties. The wood density can also be the same or even higher than solid wood doors.

Perhaps the greatest benefit of engineered wood core patio doors is that they’re on par, if not better than, solid wood patio doors when it comes to long-term performance. Since engineered wood is composed of wood fibers, adhesives and polymers, we’re able to build patio doors with consistent expansion and contraction rates. This means when the patio doors are exposed to temperature extremes, they won’t warp or come loose from the outer layers. Ultimately, when you choose Renewal by Andersen patio doors, you receive a product that’s durable, long-lasting and energy-efficient.

To learn more about our patio door installation process, call Renewal by Andersen of San Antonio today at (210) 888-9680. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation in-home estimate. We serve San Antonio and surrounding areas.


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